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Beyond the Bale : June 2018
Australian shearing legend Shannon Warnest leads his country to another shearing test victory over New Zealand at the Golden Shears in Masterton, New Zealand. PHOTO: Pete Nikolaison, Golden Shears Media Group AWI’s Jim Murray with shearers Ian Elkins (machine shearing) and Courtney Sutherland (blade shearing) displaying their skills during the shearing demonstration. Australia comfortably won the Trans-Tasman shearing test at the Golden Shears at Masterton in New Zealand in March against the New Zealand world champions. AUSTRALIANS REIGN IN COMPETITION SHEARING SHOWCASED TO THE PUBLIC The test was won by the AWI- supported Australian team of veteran Shannon Warnest, reigning Australian DrenchMaster CrutchMaster Anti-Backer Sheep-handling just got easier! Effective, efficient and safe solutions for all your drenching, crutching and handling needs. 1-800-750-584 For more info go to www.perkinz.com.au N e w 201 8 Mod e l The 780,000 members of the public that went through the gates of the Sydney Royal Easter Show this year had the opportunity to see AWI shearing demonstrations by world-class shearers, with a few lucky audience members invited to help lend a hand. AWI’s shearing industry development coordinator Jim Murray led the team of shearers who collectively have vast experience and knowledge of the shearing and wool industries. They showcased their expert skills, reminding those in the crowd that there is work for professional shearers in all corners of Australia. The multiple shearing demonstrations each day attracted large crowds throughout the duration of the show. While the many audience members watched on while listening to yarns about where wool comes from, a few lucky people also had the opportunity to help shear the sheep and collect some wool to take home. champion Daniel McIntyre, and seasoned international Jason Wingfield. It was Australia’s 33rd win in 63 tests since the annual home-and-away Trans-Tasman series started in 1974, and provided some payback for New Zealand’s win in a wool handling test the previous night against Mel Morris and Sophie Huf. It extended the amazing record of South Australian shearing legend Shannon Warnest who has shorn in 31 of the tests, the last 29 in a row. He was the best individual in a Trans- Tasman shearing test for at least the 15th time. AWI provides funds for the Australian team’s travel, accommodation and uniforms. This support of the national team complements AWI support for shearing competitions at local and state levels, with the main aims being to promote excellence and professionalism within the Australian shearing industry, and to encourage young people to join the industry. If you’re planning a local or regional shearing and wool handling competition based on Sports Shear Australia criteria, you may be eligible for support from AWI. Contact Stephen Feighan at AWI on (02) 8295 3107 or stephen.feighan@ wool.com to find out more about what support might be available for your event. ON FARM 59